With Thanksgiving around the corner, many of us have become laser-focused on creating impressive menus and table settings for the big meal. Unfortunately, the markets are extra crowded and the long grocery list tugs at even the most grounded folks. We try to maintain a balance between work and family knowing that much of our to-do’s will not be acccomplished. As I take a collective breath this morning, I’m inspired by the fresh, organic cranberries I purchased this weekend. With a long Monday in front of me, I’ve decided to kick off my busy week with a new creation. My slightly sweet and spicy Thanksgiving Inspired Cranberry Smoothie has a nice tart pop and enough fuel and fiber to keep me centered and motivated.
Benefits of Cranberries:
Cranberries provide an abundance of fiber, vitamin C and manganese. These tart berries are rich in antioxidant polyphenols, beneficial in reducing the risk of certain types of cancer, and known for their effectiveness in reducing the specific bacteria that attaches to the bladder and urethra.
Benefits of Goji Berries:
Goji berries are rich in protein, nutrient-packed and contain 18 amino acids with an abundance of carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin.
Seasonal produce is offered at a reduced price to keep the inventory moving. Most deals on seasonal items can be found at the front of the store or on an end-cap. Purchasing seasonally is a wonderful way to save on your food budget while providing yourself and your family Mother Nature’s perfect medicine.
- Nuts & Seeds are abundantly available during November providing healthy fats for dry, chapped skin.
- Apples contain the antioxidant quercetin. Antioxidants are helpful in any skin routine to assist in reducing inflammation.
- Winter squash provides an abundance of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A (retinol), known as a vital component for healthy skin maintenance.
As we prepare to give thanks, I hope you will let go of the little things, remember semi-homemade isn’t all that bad, and understand that Instagram and Facebook only show a portion of the whole story. If you could see the stack of dishes I have right now. haha!
Much love my friends,
- 1 and 1/2 cups fresh almond milk
- 1 large orange, peeled and quartered (note: I try to keep as much pith as possible due to the abundance of bioflavonoids)
- 3/4 cup fresh, organic cranberries
- 1" piece fresh ginger root
- 1 Tablespoon Renew Life Acacia fiber (completely optional but I do try to boost the fiber in many of my smoothies via Baobab or Acacia)
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 frozen bananas (if you don't have bananas or don't like bananas, try substituting 2 dates and 1 cup of ice)
- Place all ingredients into your Vitamix or high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.
- Top with your favorite toppings.
- Mulberries from Sunfood
- Fruit Sweetened Cranberries from Eden Foods
- Alter Eco's Quinoa Chocolate Bar (who doesn't love a little crunchy chocolate boost?)
- vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free
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